After reading the directions in Tool #2, I started reading blogs and spent hours learning from my fellow teachers. I found tons of cute organizational tips, and fun activities to implement into the classroom. I now have a few blogs that I plan on following throughout the school year to give me more tips and ideas as I go through my first year teaching.
I tend to be shy when communicating with people that I do not know, and even when communicating online I am usually quiet and just read posts instead of commenting. So it was different for me to make comments on blogs, but I became more comfortable once I started commenting and I enjoyed being able to contribute to this online community of teachers. It does feel different than sharing my thoughts with my teammates because it is so out in the open.
Once I feel more comfortable with my teaching and have more time, I would love to be able to have my own blog to share my ideas that I have developed as a new teacher. There might be one new teacher, or even a more experienced teacher that could take my ideas and make it work in their classrooms too.
I really enjoyed this blog for ideas on organizing my classroom in cute ways.
This is a blog that gave me the idea to introduce the RISK game in my class. The kids really do enjoy this much more than JUST doing a worksheet. I am going to try using this when I go to training and see how the kids do using this with a sub. I'm sure the kids will be a bit more motivated to work than when I usually assign bookwork!
I also really like the idea of the kids making the clocks for order of operations. I have the math equations clock and the kids love it. So allowing them to create their own clock sounds like a fun and enagaging learning experience. I may not have time for that this year but I am excited to try it out next year!